We wanted to have dinner at Masa in Echo Park so wanted a theater nearby. Normally the theater at the LA Live complex is where we'd go when in the area. It's a giant theater with all sorts of choices. It is, however a pain to go there - very busy and expensive to park. Instead, we decided upon the Vista Theater in Los Feliz, just a few blocks from Masa. It shows only one movie at a time, as opposed to the multiplexes that are everywhere. And it just so happened to be showing the new Xmen. It's such a great theater, so yay!
The Vista was opened in the 1920s (OLD for us) as Bard's Hollywood Theater. First, it was a feature film house, in the 70s it showed gay porn, and then in the 80s it did revivals and independents.
It was remodeled in 2002. The 800+ seating was reduced to 400+ by removing every other row - the leg room is phenomenal. Now it's back to showing feature films with occasional revivals.
The Vista Theater is darling and sits on the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.
The Egyptian stylizing was preserved in the remodel. Plus there are hand and foot prints out front reminiscent of Grauman's Chinese. Oh! And the tickets, before 6:00 PM are only $6.50. What?!?! Even after 6:00 they're only $9.00. That's less than a matinee showing at any of the large theaters.
The manager, who has been there for years, greets moviegoers in costume. Wolverine welcomed us after we bought our tickets.
The theater is HUGE. It was a warm day so every single one of those 400 seats was sold.
X-Men Future Days of Past, was a fun movie. Over two hours of action/adventure. The films are very creative. The effects have come A Long Way since the Vista was first opened.